Decoding Body Language

Whether at the office or out with friends, the body language of the people around you speaks volumes. It has been suggested that body language constitutes more than 60% of what we communicate, so learning to read the nonverbal cues people send is a valuable skill. From eye behavior to the direction in which a person points his or her feet, body language reveals what a person is really thinking. 

Below are valuable tips to help you learn how to read body language and better understand the people you interact with :

  • Crossed legs during negotiations is usually not a good sign.
  • A person who laughs with you and is receptive to your humour is very open to connecting further with you.
  • Excessive blinking is usually a sign of heightened distress and discomfort.
  • Similar to excessive blinking, rubbing/covering your eyes or closing them for longer than a blink means you want to block out something unpleasant.
  • Biting, sucking or licking lips indicate the person trying to soothes himself or herself because he or she is uncomfortable.
  • Nodding in clusters of three indicates approval and enthusiasm, if you are telling someone something.
  • Generally speaking, changes in the lips indicate what a person is feeling. Upward movement means feeling happy and optimistic. Downward movement means sadness and disapproval.
  • People who see themselves as leaders adopt “power poses”. Erect posture, lifted chin, palm down hand gestures and open and expansive gestures.
  • Look for open postures and closed postures for general indicators.

Don’t overthink body language indicators. Usually your gut instincts are right when it comes to gauging another person’s mood/intent.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I have heard that eyes direction right or left also show something. Not sure in details, but it is a sign as well

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    1. GS says:

      The ability to understand and to interpret body language can help you to pick up on unspoken issues, problems or negative feelings that other people might have. You can also use it in a positive way to add strength to your verbal messages. Negative body language includes: Folded arms.


  2. Good post,,,We can act these things, if I am not wrong… and we dont get caught acting these 😛😛

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Hahahah Deepika, success lies in fake it till you make it 😉

      Liked by 1 person

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